Gracious Heavenly Father,
A great deal of my life, I spent my time and energy on completing the latest project. Give me a job and I will get it done. Part of it must be in my DNA from my hard-working parents; part of it was daily training because there was always so much work in the three acres of greenhouse and nursery I grew up in. There is a nice feeling of satisfaction to see a project from vision, plans on paper and then all the way to completion. I lived long enough now to see a lot of those “projects” I invested in are no longer there: I had to move away from landscapes I created; fire destroyed home decorating; writing projects never got published; amazing programs created with great intentions are no longer active; jobs I enjoyed have fallen by the wayside…If that’s all I invested my life in, I would be wondering what true purpose my life had.
But… I discovered the things that last forever! I found my true purpose and joy in life in You, Lord! The joy of getting to know You better each day; the wonder of finding more reasons to love You; the truth that this whole life is from You, for You and about You; the new truths You reveal as I continually seek You every day; the mystery of how You can love me with all Your majestic power and might when I am so small and weak; the thought of how You know everything about me and yet You still love me enough to sacrifice Your Son Jesus so I can live for all eternity with You! You love me with an unimaginable love that makes me want to love you back. Loving, worshipping and serving You are what truly makes this life meaningful. Nothing (not even death) can take that away!
You didn’t stop with just loving me, and waiting for me to love You back—You surround me with people that You want me to love. They are not projects—but people! What a joy is found in loving all those You place in my life—for once-in-a-lifetime meetings and life-long relationships; those who are easy to love and those who make it hard; tiny newborn babies to teens finding their way to adults older than me; next-door neighbors and cross-continent-and-seas neighbors; believers and non-believers; those who agree with me and those who do not; from my wonderful family, friends, in-laws and outlaws. Lord, my life is rich with eternal meaning- from loving You and others. That’s not a project but my very purpose!
(When asked what the greatest commandment was), “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
“Fear God and keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13b
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:1-5 (read verses 6-11 to see the attitude of Christ)
Father, search me and see if I am living my purpose…